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FACT : Changing your dog will take work by you !
Only If you are committed to helping your dog should you read on……
Behavioural modification is about altering the fundamental state of mind of your dog in situations where your dog currently struggles.
Dog Training is about having your dog carry out a specific action in response to a given command.
Does each affect the other and are both critical elements in helping the issues you may have with your dog? Absolutely!
I believe that all behavioural modification and dog training begins with the relationship you have with your dog. If your dog neither respects nor trusts you, you will be wasting your time, money and effort for limited or temporary results. Potentially you will end up in a worse position than when you began.
dogs – what are they?
Dogs are not ‘furbabies’, they are not small, hairy humans, they are predators and social opportunists.
I love dogs and because of that love I respect them for what they are – A DOG.
So you are committed to your dog, committed enough to want to fulfill your dogs needs as well as your own. For that you already have my respect. I congratulate you on your integrity for asking for help to improve the relationship between you and your dogs lives.
My aim is to help empower you, the pet dog owner, to change the fundamental state of mind of your dog. By doing so you will move towards achieving behavioural modification. We will accomplish this goal by building a respectful, trusting relationship between you and your dog. You will learn how to clearly communicate with your dog in a way your dog understands.
Change yourself to change your dog
A balanced dog, like a balanced human, is happy. The key is helping you and your dog to achieve that balance.
I will only work with committed owners. There are no ‘magic wands’ to be waved or ‘fairy dust’ to be sprinkled to ‘fix’ your dog.
Sometimes behaviours can be changed very quickly, sometimes not so. Ultimately the key is you, the owner, taking on board the teaching and applying the knowledge. This takes consistence, persistence and patience. Remember you will likely be learning as much as your dog is!
FACT: For things to change for the better for your dog, YOU have to change the relationship you have with your dog, permanently!– no if’s, but’s or maybe’s.
All dogs require structure in their life. Your dog needs to understand what his /her position is in relation to you and your family. That means you giving praise and affection (at the correct time and to the right state of mind) for wanted behaviour. It also involves you giving meaningful consequences/punishment for inappropriate / unwanted behaviour. Punishment has to be fair and immediately identifiable by your dog as to what they are being punished for. If you don’t follow this rule then it is more likely you are being abusive. If you don’t say ‘No’ to your dog by default you are saying ‘Yes’
why use tools?
Because used correctly they work AND reduce the amount of time I take to help both you, the owner and your dog. This saves you money and also lessens the length of time the dog is in a stressed, anxious, unhappy state of mind.
I use whatever tools are going to be most beneficial to the individual dog I am working with. Including but not limited to the following. Praise, food/treats, flat buckle collar, martingale collar, standard leash, slip-leash, extendable leash, gentle leader, muzzle, harness, prong collar (Herm-Sprenger brand), e-collar (E-Collar Technologies or Dogtra brands).
Tools are just that, tools.
They are neither good nor bad, it is only the inability or lack of skill of the operator which dictates the results of training utilising them.
One of the cruellest things you can do to a dog is to prolong an anxious, stressed, unstable state of mind for any longer than is absolutely necessary.
If you are not prepared to change to create a new relationship with your dog then don’t waste my time or your money.
Important : Behavioural change can be caused by underlying health factors. I strongly recommend you have your dog checked over by your vet to eliminate any potential physical / neurological causes for the behaviour. Especially if the behaviour change has been unexpected and rapid.
If you a ready and committed to changing for your dog current prices are shown below:
First consultation/lesson – Duration 60 – 120mins Cost £80-£140 (£80 first 60 mins then £1 per minute thereafter e.g. If the session took 1 hr 30mins then the charge would be £110, 1 hr 10 mins would be £90, etc.)
Topics covered – Understanding what your dog is and what they are not. How your dog communicates, What your dog needs from you. How to build respect and trust with your dog. The concept of reward and fair punishment. Working with, and not against nature. The vital importance of your dogs state of mind and the ‘follow through’.
Second and subsequent lessons – Duration 60 mins Cost £40
Basic Dog Training subjects – Engagement. The structured walk. Threshold work. ‘Place’, ‘Down’, ‘Out’, ‘Leave it’ commands. Recall.
Prices based on a radius of 10 miles from CH60 4RJ postcode, longer distances charged at £1 per mile.